by Emily Conrad
Justice‘s e-release is now just one week and one day away! AND, today is March 1st, which is also the first day in the story!
As I’m getting into launch mode and all the busyness that goes with it, I thought today might be a good day for a little fun. First, I’ll give you the official blurb, and then 9 details you wouldn’t know about Justice based on the blurb alone. (In fact, some of these, you wouldn’t know even after reading the book.)
The official blurb:
Jake thought he was meant to marry Brooklyn, but now she’s pregnant, and he had nothing to do with it. Brooklyn can’t bring herself to name the father as she wrestles with questions about what her pregnancy means and how it will affect her relationship with Jake. If Harold Keen, the man who owns the bookstore across from Jake’s coffee shop, has anything to do with it, the baby will ruin them both.
Ready for a glimpse behind the scenes?
1. Brooklyn sometimes burns candles that smell like Jake’s coffee shop because she wants to feel close to him. Inspired by my own character, I’ve started buying candles that smell like the hero in the story I’m working on for writing inspiration.
2. Justice spans about 8 months, so there’s at least a glimpse of each season in Wisconsin, starting with an unexpected March 1st snowfall! There is a possibility of snow today, but our high is 41, so it probably won’t stick around if we do get any.
3. Though there are also key differences between the circumstances in Justice and what Mary and Joseph faced, there are also some similarities, and the novel is full of nods to the Biblical couple. The coffee shop is named Hillside because Nazareth is on a hill (see Luke 4:29). And Jake’s troublesome business competitor’s name, Harold Keen, is also no coincidence.
4. Justice has had three other titles: Forget the Night, Another Man’s Son, and Justice Lost, which was finally shortened to the final title of Justice.
5. I started the first draft of Justice about 17 years ago. The first version of the story did not include a pregnancy.
6. The story was influenced by my study of Job, Mary and Joseph, and the Sermon on the Mount.
7. To write the novel, I strayed from the advice to “write what you know,” so I researched rape survivor experiences, where hotels are likely to have security cameras, and pregnancy. I lurked in a forum about starting a coffee roasting business. I also questioned my parents and brother on flipping real estate (a secondary character’s job).
8. But, some elements of the story are based on my experiences. I based North Adams on my hometown. I am a youth leader, and so is Jake. I am a perfectionist, and so is Brooklyn. Oh, and I did learn to knit from a friend at church, similar to the way Brooklyn learns to crochet from ladies at her church.
9. None of the characters in the book have pets. As a dog lover, I’m still not sure how that happened.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse at the stories behind the story!
If you’re interested in pre-ordering the electronic version, you can do so on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. (The Amazon link is an affiliate link, which doesn’t increase your cost, but does result in me getting a small percentage for referring you. The Barnes and Noble is offering 10% off on the preorder, and that one isn’t an affiliate link.)
If you prefer paperback (and I hear you–I’m waiting for it, too!) and want to order now, while you’re thinking about it, you can pre-order a paperback of Justice through my publisher’s website here.
Over the next few weeks, the blog will be a little different because of the blog tour for the book launch. Instead of posting new material here, I’ll be posting links to places around the web where there’s talk about Justice. I hope you’ll find the interviews (even one done by video!), giveaways, guest posts, and reviews to be a lot of fun. As the tour winds down toward the end of the month, I’ll pick up normal posts here again.
Thank you all for your support and the way you’ve celebrated with me as this milestone draws closer and closer! You’re all such a blessing to me.
Going back to #1 and the candles Brooklyn burns (always variations on vanilla and caramel), what candle scent is your favorite?
I love vanilla candles too! And the scent of fresh coffee is a favorite. It was so fun to hear all this about Justice. Thanks for sharing!
Vanilla and fresh coffee–good scents apart, and fantastic together 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Vanilla or apple cinnamon….I can’t decide. I should start burning candles again now that my kids are mostly grown—I had to stop after my son, when he was around 5, decided to try to light his own campfire from a candle I had burning in the dining room….the problem being that the campfire was in the house! 😳🤣
Oh no! I hope the indoor campfire didn't do damage! Campfires are great… in their place 😉 Apple cinnamon is one of my fall favorites!
Fun behind-the-scenes glimpse of your upcoming novel! Can't wait for the release! To jump on the candle topic, sadly, we can't burn all our lovely scented candles anymore, because my cats are allergic to them!
Bummer! Poor kitties 🙁 Thanks so much for your support of the release!
Sounds like an intriguing story Emily!
Good luck and God's blessings
I loved Justice, Emily! Can't wait to recommend it to my reading group at our meeting in March!
Thanks so much! I'm so glad to hear that! If you'd like some bookmarks to share with them, send me your address at emilyconrad @ sbcglobal . net (no spaces), and I'll mail you some!
Why are titles so hard???
I don't know! And honestly, when I shortened it to Justice, I 100% expected that when I found a publisher, they'd change it because I'm pretty sure I don't have a way with titles! But, I do love Justice as a title, so here we are 🙂